Falcons end the season as one of the biggest underachievers in NFL history

Dan Quinn

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who kept up with the Falcons throughout their dismal 2020 season, which saw them go 4-12 and finish in last place in the NFC South. Still, according to the Pythagenport projection, they should have had at least seven wins, making them one of the biggest underachievers since the merger, trailing only the 1981 Patriots and 1971 Bengals.


If I’m being honest, I don’t even think this report does the Falcons ability to blow games justice. In reality, they should have easily had seven wins with opportunities to win a few more.

Atlanta lost three games in which they had a win probability of over 99% — Cowboys, Bears, and Lions. They blew a 17-point halftime lead to the Bucs, missed a chip shot field goal to send their Week 16 matchup with the Chiefs to overtime, fell just short in their second contest with the Saints, and completely muffed a golden opportunity to beat the Chargers thanks to three Matt Ryan interceptions. This was a nine or ten-win team that finished 4-12 because of utter incompetence from both the coaching staff and the players. However, on the bright side, at least this means they aren’t that far off from being a playoff team again.


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